The Inspector General of Police, IGP, Olukayode Egbetokun has ordered the deployment of additional operational and investigative assets and resources to Otukpo, the Benue State Command, as well as surrounding states to assist in the swift apprehension of other fleeing criminals responsible for yesterday’s bloody attack on a bank and Police station in the Otukpo Local government Area of Benue State.
This is according to a statement released Saturday by the Public Relations Officer of the Nigerian Police Force, NPF, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, who revealed that the Police High Command has initiated a comprehensive and coordinated effort to bring the perpetrators of the crime to book.
According to the statement, Adejobi noted that the Inspector General of Police has also put all police commands and formations on red alert in a bid to avert further deadly attacks on institutions and innocent citizens while noting that the Otukpo bank robbery was an early warning sign of the ember month challenges often accompanied by bank robberies and other related crimes.
The statement read, “The Inspector-General of Police, Olukayode Egbetokun, strongly condemns the recent armed bank robbery in Otukpo, Benue State, which resulted in the tragic loss of lives of both Police Officers and innocent civilians. This act of violence is an assault on the principles of peace, security, and justice that the Nigeria Police Force and other security agencies work tirelessly to uphold.
“The IGP extends his heartfelt condolences to the families and loved ones of the victims who were affected by this senseless act of violence. He noted that two of the suspects were gunned down by operatives while attempting to escape, adding that the assailants who orchestrated this brazen act of criminality have indeed “murdered sleep” as their actions have shaken the Otukpo community to its core, assuring the public that every resource and effort will be dedicated to ensuring that these individuals are swiftly apprehended and brought to justice.
“In response to this grave incident, the Nigeria Police Force has initiated a comprehensive and coordinated effort to bring the perpetrators of this heinous crime to justice. The IGP has ordered the deployment of additional operational and investigative assets and resources to Otukpo, the Benue State Command, and surrounding states to assist in the swift apprehension of the other fleeing criminals responsible for this atrocity, as a follow-up to the gunning down of two of the armed robbers after a hot chase on Friday.
“In the same vein, going by this incident, the IGP has put all Commands and Formations on red alert to avert any further deadly attacks on our institutions and innocent citizens of Nigeria more so that the Otukpo attack was an early warning sign of the Ember Month challenges which is often characterised by bank robbery and other related crimes.
“We therefore call upon the public to remain calm and cooperate with the authorities by providing any information that may aid in the investigation and pursuit of the suspects. Your assistance is invaluable in our mission to restore safety and security in the affected area and across the length and breadth of Nigeria.
“In the wake of this tragedy, the IGP reiterates the NPF’s commitment to the safety and security of the Nigerian people, standing united against acts of violence and criminality and vowing to work tirelessly to ensure that those responsible for this reprehensible act are brought to justice.”
Earlier, the Divisional Police Officer in charge of Otukpo, Chief Superintendent John Adikwu, had revealed that three police officers and three civilians lost their lives in the bloody Friday afternoon bank robbery in Otukpo town.
He also revealed that two suspects were killed while four of the suspects were arrested during a chase of the armed robbers who reportedly robbed a bank and a police station in the heart of Otukpo town in Benue state yesterday.See Dollar(USD) to Naira Black Market Exchange Rate Today!